Philadelphians rally to end violence against children
Following several murders of children throughout the city, more than 100 Philadelphians gathered in Love Park on July 7 to demand an end to violence.
The rally began with the showcasing of youth groups, including the Bomb Squad and Crowd Pleasers, and ended with a call to protect the city’s youth and actively put a stop to violence.
“In one week, five children were killed in the city of Philadelphia,” said Bilal Qayyum, president of the Father’s Day Rally Committee. “Enough is enough. We’ve got to stop it. No one else is going to stop it but us.”
District Attorney Seth Williams joined members of Mothers In Charge, Unity in the Community and several groups, as well as elected officials, on stage to call on the crowd to become involved in their community. With a wave of his badge, Williams designated everyone in attendance as an “assistant D.A.”
“If you’re serious about ending the gun violence [...] do your part,” Williams said.